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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Health Care reform meeting challenges

After a week of setbacks, health care reform is still a hot topic on Capitol Hill. So far, we know a few things leading up to a vote by Congress.

1. There are a few Democrats and Republicans who are not going along with Obama’s plan to insure the 47 million or so uninsured Americans. Rather, they are looking at cost efficient plan that will deal with specific health reforms that will help families obtain coverage but not government run health care.

2. These Democrats who are opposed to Obama are being called “Blue dog” democrats and have aligned with a few Republicans to try to negotiate with the President in finding a more fiscally conservative plan.

3. Already, the group of six has tossed aside the idea of a government-run insurance plan that would compete with private insurers, which the president supports but Republicans said was a deal-breaker.
Instead, they are proposing a network of private, nonprofit cooperatives.
They have also dismissed the House Democratic plan to pay for the bill’s roughly $1 trillion, 10-year cost partly with an income surtax on high earners.